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Toyota Plaintiffs Dispute NASA Findings

Posted in News, Recalls, Safety, Toyota by Kurt Ernst | March 25th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

A 2010 Toyota Prius. Image: Toyota

Remember last month, when I told you that the NHTSA and NASA had issued their findings on the whole Toyota unintended acceleration debacle? To summarize, NASA reviews some 280,000 lines of code relating to acceleration commands, and could find no instance where a short or other malfunction could create an instance of unintended acceleration. The NHTSA (and even Toyota’s biggest opponent, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood) supported these findings, and agreed that there were only two causes of unintended acceleration in Toyota models. The first to be identified was “pedal entrapment”, caused when the accelerator pedal stuck in an open position, jammed by the floor mat. The final cause identified was a sticking acceleration pedal assembly, which Toyota has since corrected via a series of recalls. Other instances of unintended acceleration, based on the data available, were found to be caused by pedal confusion, which is a polite way of saying “operator error”.

Not so fast, say the plaintiffs involved in a class action lawsuit against Toyota. The group disputes Toyota’s findings, on the grounds that NASA reviewed only 280,000 lines of code, out of a possible eight million lines of code. I suppose it doesn’t matter that the vast majority of that code has nothing to do with systems relating to engine speed control, or perhaps the group thinks that simultaneously activating the cigarette lighter, windshield washer and reverse lights could cause unintended acceleration. The group promises to bring in their own experts, with findings that contradict NASA. Let’s just hope they’re more credible then the last batch of “experts”, who created unintended acceleration by re-wiring the ECU to suit their agenda.

Source: Bloomberg, via, Autoblog

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  1. acarr260 says:

    There is obviously a Toyota version of the Konami code. Roll windows down, then up, then halfway down, then sound the horn twice, then engage the wipers, then the brake… this engages the warp drive… or just full throttle in your slow Prius.

  2. jo says:

    Scion tC’s and XB have had a common problem since 2004
    defective rear trunk hatch release panel handle. I started a Facebook page SCION TC AND XB – DEFECTIVE TRUNK HANDLE in January 2012 with 339 members.

    A class action lawsuit has filed against Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and Toyota Motor Corporation (“Toyota” or “Defendant”) in the United States District Court for the Central District of California (entitled Salvatore Amata and Daniel Walker v. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and Toyota Motor Corporation, Class Action Case No. CV 12-168-VAP SPx) alleging, among other things, that Toyota manufactured, distributed, sold, leased, services and warranted model year 2005 to 2011 Scion xB and tC automobiles that allegedly contain a design defect and/or flaw with the rear hatch door handle and panel (“door opening mechanism”) which breaks off during normal use, according to the Toyota Scion xB & tC Rear Hatch Door Handle defect class action lawsuit